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Harvey Weinstein has reached a preliminary agreement for $ 25 million with dozens of women who have accused him of misconduct, lawyers said.
About 30 actresses and former employees will share the payout in the deal.
However, it still needs to be signed by all parties, Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers have not commented and some say the deal will punish those who survive.
The following month, the Hollywood tycoon faces a separate criminal trial on charges of rape and assault, which he denies.
Harvey Weinstein could face life in prison if convicted.
On December 11, the amount guaranteed by the Hollywood producer was increased from 1 million to 5 million for the alleged improper handling of an electronic ankle monitor.
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Harvey Weinstein attended the court hearing in New York using a pedestrian frame. His lawyers said he underwent surgery on December 12 for injuries sustained in a car crash in August.
The $ 25 million agreement is part of a larger $ 47 million package designed to close Weinstein’s liabilities, including legal fees. Harvey Weinstein would not pay in person, the amount would come from insurance companies representing Weinstein.
A class action lawsuit has been filed by dozens of women accusing Harvey Weinstein of harassment and ill-treatment, although senior figures who have also made allegations, such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, are not part of the action.
Genie Harrison, a lawyer for one of the plaintiffs, told New York Times:
“I don’t think there is a much better deal.”
She said that other alleged victims who survived could not end up with anything and that they should “go out and get the best level of compensation we could get.”
A plaintiff in support of the deal, Louise Geis, told the : “This agreement will ensure that all survivors have a chance to recover and be able to move forward without harving Harvey’s career.”